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Our West Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale DUI defense lawyers at the Law Offices of Leifert & Leifert know that Memorial Day Weekend is one of the business times of year in South Florida, especially in terms of DUI accidents and arrests.
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The increase in DUI arrests is not necessarily due to the increase in DUI-related incidents that take place during the holiday weekend; as we know, it’s during this weekend in particular that police departments throughout South Florida and throughout the country set-up DUI checkpoints to catch drunk drivers.

As we discussed earlier this year, though, many Floridians have been giving law enforcement officers difficulty at these checkpoints by providing the necessary information without giving police the opportunity to smell their breath or hear them speak. Whether or not these tactics will work during this DUI-crackdown weekend has yet to be seen.
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Our Palm Beach and Broward County DUI defense attorneys know that DUI/sobriety checkpoints are ubiquitous throughout the Sunshine State, and while they tend to pop up more during major holiday weekends, they’re still commonplace even during non-holiday times.
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These checkpoints, not surprisingly, lead to an increase in DUI arrests. The problem is, however, that not everyone arrested for DUI is technically over the legal limit; police often have the authority to place an individual under arrest and haul them off to jail if they suspect impairment based on slurred words and/or the smell of alcohol on one’s breath.

As has been reported in national news recently, Floridians are increasingly becoming aware of their rights under the law — and refusing to actually speak to police officers during DUI checks.
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As Americans prepare to celebrate the Fourth of July, and America’s independence, law enforcement departments all over the country gear up for increased numbers of sobriety checkpoints and DUI arrests.
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Our Palm Beach and Broward County DUI defense attorneys know that local police departments have historically ramped-up DUI crackdowns during July 4th, espcially when the holiday falls on a weekend or, as is the case this year, when it creates an extended weekend.

With more drivers on the road and more local bars and restaurants hosting events and offering drink specials, the likelihood of drunk drivers being on the road increases; as such, so does the number of police officers looking to catch them.
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tweeting_checkpoints.jpgOur Fort Lauderdale DUI defense attorneys read an article about the increasing number of young people who broadcast the location of DUI checkpoints on social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook. While it’s not illegal, the practice has some police concerned, because they worry that making information about DUI checkpoints public could cause some drunk drivers to choose an alternate route.

In fact, Mexico City police are so concerned about the trend that they are threatening fines and jail time to people to post the location of DUI checkpoints. But some DUI defense lawyers say that could violate freedom of speech.

Others say the trend doesn’t pose a problem, because it raises awareness about the consequences of drunk driving. Plus, checkpoint locations often change after a few hours anyway.

Source: Police Concerned About DUI Checkpoint Tweets, WHTM.com, January 21, 2010 Continue reading

Palm Beach County, Florida – Palm Beach County DUI Lawyer Douglas Leifert has just learned that the city of Palm Beach Gardens has scheduled a sobriety checkpoint for December 11, 2009. The DUI Checkpoint will be conducted by the Palm Beach Gardens Police Department from 11:00 P.M. until 2:00 A.M. in the 3350 block of Northlake Boulevard.

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Palm Beach Gardens Police will be prepared to arrest individuals for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

PB Gardens warns of sobriety checkpoint, www.wptv.com, December 8, 2009.
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BROWARD COUNTY DUI LAWYER – Sobriety Checkpoints tonight (Friday, November 13, 2009) in Hollywood, Florida and Tamarac, Florida.

The Florida Highway Patrol will conduct a safety (ahem! . . . sobriety) checkpoint tonight in west Hollywood beginning at 4:00 p.m. on Southwest 56th Avenue and Southwest 24th Street.

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The Broward County Sheriff’s Office will also be conducting a DUI checkpoint in Tamarac, Florida starting at 10:00 p.m. at the 3600 block of West Commercial Blvd.

The BSO DUI Task Force will be present to enforce DUI laws.

South Florida Sun-Sentinel 11/13/09, Unlucky day for unsafe, impaired South Florida motorists
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OAKLAND PARK, Florida – Police Agencies in Broward County will be conducting a DUI sobriety checkpoint Friday, August 21, 2009 in Oakland Park at 1701 East Oakland Park Boulevard.

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The Oakland Park Boulevard corridor in Broward County has been fertile ground for DUI arrests for quite some time. After an evening on Fort Lauderdale beach, many people utilize Oakland Park Boulevard as a means to access I-95. The road is usually heavily patrolled and has a number of speed limit variations that officers utilize in order to justify their traffic stops.

Sobriety checkpoint Friday in Oakland Park, South Florida Sun-Sentinel, August 20, 2009.

Troopers plan sobriety checkpoint Friday in Oakland Park, Miami Herald, August 20, 2009.
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Broward DUI Lawyer, Plantation, Florida – The City of Miramar is planning a DUI checkpoint for July 3rd and July 4th. This Broward DUI checkpoint will begin 8:00 p.m. on Friday July 3rd and will continue until 3:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 4th. Members of the Miramar police department along with other officers from various law enforcement agencies throughout Broward County will be conducting DUI enforcement in the at the 2100 block of State Road Seven.

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Miramar DUI checkpoint planned for July 3-4, South Florida Sun-Sentinel.
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Fort Lauderdale, FL – Broward County DUI lawyer Brian S. Leifert has just learned that the city of Fort Lauderdale will be conducting a DUI checkpoint scheduled to begin at 4:00 this afternoon and will conclude at 11:00 this evening. The checkpoint will be located in the 1200 block of Northwest Sixth Street (Sistrunk Boulevard) and the 1600 block of Northwest 19th Street. Fort Lauderdale police officers will be looking for impaired or intoxicated drivers ans well as checking for suspended drivers licenses, warrants and equipment violations.

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3 Broward cities plan sobriety checkpoints, Miami Herald.
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Pembroke Pines, Florida – Broward DUI lawyer Brian S. Leifert has just learned that a DUI checkpoint will be conducted in the city of Pembroke Pines. The DUI checkpoint is planned for Thursday, June 18, 2009 from 9:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. on Friday. The checkpoint is planned to take place on Pines Boulevard and 74th Avenue, across from Broward College’s South Campus.

 

 

Lauderhill, Florida – Broward DUI Lawyer Brian S. Leifert has also learned that a DUI checkpoint will be conducted in the city of Lauderhill. The DUI checkpoint will begin on Saturday, June 20, 2009 at 8:00 p.m. and will concluded at 3:00 a.m on Sunday. The city of Lauderhill has selected Sunrise Boulevard and 441 as the location for the checkpoint.

Both DUI checkpoints will include assistance from law enforcement agencies throughout Broward County, including the Broward County Sheriff’s Office and members of Broward Sheriff’s Office DUI task force.

Lauderhill, Pembroke Pines plan sobriety checkpoints, Miami Herald.

Police to run two Broward sobriety checkpoints this week, South Florida Sun-Sentinel.
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